Puppy Dies of Coyote Attack in Wheaton

A 15-month-old terrier died after a coyote attack in its backyard Thursday. The pack of coyotes also attacked a 12-year-old terrier, which survived with severe injuries, according to NBC Chicago and the Daily Herald.

A Yorkshire terrier puppy was found dead Saturday after a coyote attack in unincorporated Wheaton, NBC Chicago reports.

A pack of coyotes Thursday night attacked two small dogs in their owner's backyard in the Arrowhead Estates. One of the dogs, a 12-year-old silky terrier, survived, but suffered severe puncture wounds.

The dogs' owner saw the attack and retrieved Jake, the silky terrier, but did not see Floyd, the puppy. Floyd was still missing Friday. Police notified the owner of the dog's death on Saturday, according to NBC Chicago.

The dogs' owner said four to six coyotes surrounded Jake, a 12-year-old silky terrier and Floyd, a 15-month-old Yorkshire terrier in the backyard of their home on Mohican Drive, near Herrick Lake in the Arrowhead Estates neighborhood, according to the Daily Herald.

Jake survived the attack but suffered severe puncture wounds, according to the Daily Herald. The dogs' owner told the Herald the coyotes surrounded Jake and bit him several times before fleeing. She ran, screaming, toward the pack and retrieved Jake, but did not see Floyd.

The city of Wheaton in 2010 adopted a coyote policy to change and adapt coyote behavior to different forms of human interaction. The Chicago area has seen a significant increase in the coyote population since the 1990s, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources estimates there are more than 30,000 coyotes in Illinois, according to the city's website.

The city's policy includes the following recommendations for deterring a coyote:

  • Make eye contact and yell at the coyote(s)
  • Wave your arms to appear as large as possible
  • Use a noisemaker or a whistle
  • Throw things at the coyote
  • Clap your hands
  • Run toward the coyote to scare it
  • Act threatening
  • Spray a hose toward the coyote.

The coyotes will learn to avoid places there they feel uncomfortable, according to the city's website.

To report a coyote sighting, go to the City of Wheaton website.


john Livingston November 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM
john Livingston November 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM
john Livingston November 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM
http://athenaeum.libs.uga.edu/bitstream/handle/10724/10020/schrecengost_joshua_d_200708_ms.pdf?sequence=1 Alan, Easy to find case studies on the internet.
Vincent November 12, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Yes, it is rather easy, isn't it, Livingston, but what exactly is your point? Are you complaining about the coyotes taking a bite out of your food source? Or are you upset that there will be less deer for hunters to go out and shoot? I doubt the former, and I don't have much sympathy for the "plight" of the later. Two of your posts were, after all, from hunting/sportsmen websites, so again, how does this apply to Wheaton and our coyotes? Are you fearful that the deer population will plummet? I've spotted as many deer around as coyotes, and deer tend to be more skittish. And do believe that if there were more deer, habituated to humans, everyone would be complaining about them, too--they're eating the bark off the trees and eating the shrubs, etc. Nature will balance the animal populations better than we can manage the animal populations. The "problems" that we have are those of our own making. Further, I read your study and found it interesting that in all the specimens that were gathered, I found no mention of domestic animals and certainly no children, so how any of this supports an argument to cull coyotes is beyond me. Perhaps we should let nature work it out, as nature has for thousands of years before we started meddling with things.
john Livingston November 12, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I am not complaining or anything else so quit bitching. I am simply trying to show some of the effects of coyotes. It is your CHOICE, you dip shit of a person, to as you say, "let nature balance the animal population...." Rats carried the black plague, what a balance that was! You can ignore the problem, or face the problem, but that is your choice. Obviously, you are not a very well educated person and have trouble with simple reasoning. When you see a coyote, squat down and try to be nice to it. They are all Gods creatures! Don' forget, you are an animal and part of the population!
unheard November 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
john livingston, I think Vincent touched a nerve. I sense you are very angry at him/her for posting the truth! I think it's clear which one of you is well educated and it certainly isn't you!
Vincent November 12, 2012 at 02:06 AM
To my mind the marks of intelligence and poise is to be able to bear being angry and/or contradicted without lapsing into foul language. You obviously fancy yourself to be an educated person, but clearly education doesn't equate to intelligence in this case. As for your assertion about demonstrating the effect of coyotes on a given environment, I think that is a matter of record already, but thank you for sharing that with us.
Vincent November 12, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Here's a video that demonstrates the human/coyote scenario you describe in your posting, livingston. What do you think? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcJNjoLgV2U
Vincent November 12, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Thanks for the support, Unheard! Thanks, too, for the great posts! There are still rational people in Wheaton after all!
Alan November 12, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Yeah..., there's somethin' about John Livingston that might go beyond just coyotes. Might not even have anything to do with coyotes. I mean, there is no mention of a John Livingston in any of the links, including the "Auburn study" in the link he provided, which he appeared to claim he was part of the study with ten years under his belt. And, as far as studying herds of deer and the effects of coyote predation any where ...., nada for John Livingston! By the way, the only write up of any John Livingston associated with Auburn is here : http://www.ag.auburn.edu/alumni/hall-of-honor/documents/LivingstonJH.pdf and that is a story of a wealthy guy in the chicken industry.... Doubt that's you John. So, really, John Livingston, what is your interest in coyotes in Wheaton? I've seen more deer in Wheaton than coyotes. I've actually taken pictures of wild turkeys while driving on Geneva Rd. in Wheaton/Glen Ellyn. A month later I witnessed a jaguar (car) two car lengths ahead of me within a block on the same road hit a six point deer. Interesting... all the links you provided mostly deal with hunting the same animals that coyotes allegedly were hunting. Maybe you're just a frustrated hunter... with nothing around here to shoot.
Alan November 12, 2012 at 01:45 PM
The black plague was originally carried by a bacterium that infected fleas that inoculated ground rodents, including marmots, that eventually got to the human population. Were it not for the poor hygiene of humans alongside people's ignorance of how to maintain a healthy life style, that is, proper disposal of garbage and sewage, and, thus, creating and maintaining a favorable environment for rats to grow in, there would likely not have been the plague epidemic the likes of what you might be referencing. Moreover, this same flea often times by-passes the rodents and bites people directly. Today, these same bacteria are being reviewed by radical country leaders to consider in biological warfare. Bottom line, the RATS were not the problem!!!! The rats were, and still are today, very effective conduits. Can you possibly carry this concept over to how you view coyotes? Now you have a choice as well...
Vincent November 13, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I love your posts, Alan! Get insight into the situation. I agree with you about the nonsense about the deer population, too. Why all the sudden concern about the deer? I think that there are a lot of folks around here who'd just as soon turn this city into the Wild West again. Wish they'd all move to Texas or Utah, where their "kill then all, let God sort them out" mentality would be appreciated, and we could enjoy a bit of peace and quiet!
Vincent November 13, 2012 at 02:32 AM
And why are folks so angry around here? I'm grateful every day to be living in a place as nice as Wheaton, even with a crazy bunch coyote maniacs running amok. I just don't get it!
Jim McMahon November 13, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I think coyote attacks make life in Wheaton more interesting. Its a boring place to live so a few dog attacks doesn't scare me. Tell your kids about predator and prey and how it works, little dogs are need to stay on your owners lap or inside your luxury suv. I have 2 dogs 55-65 lbs I think both can defend themselves just fine.
Vincent November 14, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Education, education, education, Jim. That's the name of the game, huh? I don't think there's much of a problem in Wheaton, either. A few coyotes run amok for a few weeks and everyone is up in arms, but in the vast scheme of things, it's a minor blip on the radar. Good to hear a voice of reason in Wheaton, too.
chrisrus November 15, 2012 at 05:26 AM
We can't allow hunting in Wheaton, it's not safe. We could allow hunters to chase them, though! I'm sure lots of people would enjoy chasing them away. Hunters would have to be careful not to corner them, and have an organized harassement of them. I wouldn't trust the local kids not to accidently corner one, but licienced hunters that have experience and such would be able to coordinate a chase that didn't end in any true hunting.
chrisrus November 15, 2012 at 05:33 AM
How old are your dogs? I've seen where theyve taken an older Rotweiler. I wouldn't be too sure they can defend themselves. What type of dogs do you have?
unheard November 15, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Jim, What kind of dog's do you have? We have had boxers and huskies-no luxury suv or suv at all, either. We just use common sense and don't expect the city to trap, hunt, kill etc. It's working just fine so I think we will all be o.k.
chrisrus November 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM
http://www.urbancoyoteresearch.com/Coyote_Attacks.htm says 5% of the dogs attacked by coyotes in the Chicago area were boxers.
unheard November 16, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Clearly chrisrus this is simply due to the fact that boxers are one of the most common household dog breeds.
unheard November 16, 2012 at 02:42 AM
chrisrus, I should add that as I was saying to Jim, not you, I don't think he or I have anything to worry about. The breed isn't the issue, it's people not minding their pets that's the issue. This should be apparent by now. Lets stay on topic. My post was simply a friendly one to Jim, and not to you. If you would like to share info. about your dog for us, feel free!
chrisrus November 16, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Yes, but my point was that having boxers doesn't mean you have nothing to worry about. Coyotes often come in packs nowadays and are much faster than any dog.
chrisrus November 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I wasn't talking to you. I was talking to Jim. He should keep his boxer on leash, even in the backyard.
unheard November 17, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Jim never said anything about having a boxer, only that he has "2 dogs 55 to 65 lbs." This is why we can't take your posts very seriously. Please do your homework.
Jim McMahon November 17, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Jim McMahon November 17, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Vincent November 17, 2012 at 02:33 AM
What chrisrus says is true, Unheard: I saw six-packs of coyotes at the store the other day. Or am I confusing that with what people drink before seeing packs of coyotes in Wheaton? I get a little fuzzy on these things at times...
Vincent November 17, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Jim, these are very cool dogs! I read about them in a book a while back and it's always been a wonder to me that their popularity hasn't grown and that they remain something of a rarity among folks! Very spirited dogs, yet good with people! Nice of you to share with us, too!
unheard November 17, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Vincent, next you are going to tell me they were all attacking a boxer, right? Hmm. Take out the b and x and you have "sober."
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